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  1. Calcitonin for Paget's Disease of Bone

    Drug details for Calcitonin for Paget's disease of bone.

  2. Healthy Habits to Prevent or Reduce Problems From Osteoporosis - Topic Overview

    You can slow the onset of osteoporosis or reduce its impact if you develop habits that build and strengthen your bones. It is best if you start healthy habits early in life,but it's never too late. Habits that build and strengthen bones include: Eating a nutritious diet that includes adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Both are necessary for building healthy,strong bones. Take ...

  3. Paget's Disease of Bone - Topic Overview

    What is Paget's disease? Paget's disease is a problem of abnormal bone growth. It may affect just one bone, but it usually affects more than one.In normal bone, the bone tissue is constantly being broken down, absorbed into the body, and then rebuilt with new cells. In Paget's disease, bone tissue is broken down and absorbed much faster than normal, so the body speeds up the bone rebuilding process. But this new bone is often weak and brittle, and it breaks easily.Paget's disease is most common in people older than 50, and the risk of getting it increases with age. Most people who have it are able to lead normal lives. What causes Paget's disease?The cause of Paget's disease is not clear. But it may be related to: Genetics. You're more likely to get Paget's disease if your parents, brothers, or sisters have it. Viruses. The viruses linked to measles in people and distemper in dogs have been found in the bones of people with Paget's disease. But there's no proof that these viruses

  4. Osteoporosis - Medications

    Medications are used to both prevent and treat osteoporosis. Some medications slow the rate of bone loss or increase bone thickness. Even small amounts of new bone growth can reduce your risk of broken bones. If you take medication for osteoporosis, you w

  5. Osteopenia - Overview

    What is osteopenia?Osteopenia refers to bone mineral density (BMD) that is lower than normal peak BMD but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis. Bone mineral density is a measurement of the level of minerals in the bones, which indicates how dense and strong they are. If your BMD is low compared to normal peak BMD, you are said to have osteopenia. Having osteopenia means there is a ...

  6. Osteoporosis - Symptoms

    In the early stages of osteoporosis, you usually do not have symptoms. As the disease progresses, you may develop symptoms related to weakened bones, including: Back pain. Loss of height and stooped posture. A curved upper back (dowager's hump).

  7. Osteoporosis - Topic Overview

    Osteoporosis is a progressive disease that causes bones to become thin and brittle, making them more likely to break.

  8. Osteoporosis - Cause

    During childhood and teen years, new bone grows faster than existing bone is absorbed by the body. After age 30, this process begins to reverse.

  9. Osteoporosis in Men - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about osteoporosis: What is osteoporosis? What increases my risk for osteoporosis? Can a test find osteoporosis early? Being diagnosed: What is a bone mineral density test? Should I get a bone density test? Getting treatment: What are bisphosphonates for osteoporosis? What is parathyroid hormone? What hormone therapy is available for men? Will I need surgery? Living with osteoporosis: ...

  10. Raloxifene

    Drug details for Raloxifene for osteoporosis.

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